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At the 2019 Golden Globe Awards, co-host Sandra Oh famously quipped that “Crazy Rich Asians” was “the first film with an Asian American lead since ‘Ghost in the Shell’ and ‘Aloha’” — causing the latter’s star Emma Stone to yell out “I’m sorry!” from her seat in the audience.

Stone was chastened by the blowback to her casting as rom-com lead Allison Ng — a quarter-Hawaiian, quarter-Chinese character proud of her ethnic heritage — in what Variety’s review dubbed “unquestionably Cameron Crowe’s worst film.”

“As far back as 2007, Captain Allison Ng was written to be a super-proud quarter Hawaiian who was frustrated that, by all outward appearances, she looked nothing like one,” based on a real-life red-headed local, Crowe wrote after criticism grew too prominent to be ignored. He offered a “heartfelt apology” in response to “all who felt this was an odd or misguided casting choice.”

Stone told the press that the experience taught her “on a macro level about the insane history of whitewashing in Hollywood.” She added: “I’ve become the butt of many jokes.”